Baffling and powerful


It’s cunning, too. The book even says it, but I didn’t get the sublety of a disease that waits patiently like a crocodile in the Nile to snatch those who come for a drink.  Thankfully, my life never played out in the papers like some of the well known athletes, actresses, and famous people of our time. I mean about the drinking and all. Oh, wait a minute…it was somewhere in the small town local paper a few times way back, and there were multiple charges. I write that as a reminder of how far I’ve come. I no longer drink, therefore, I no longer try to outrun the cops. My life has changed. I enjoyed listening to Cris Carter’s comments this morning on NFL Fox regarding his recovery from alcoholism and how it’s not something you just wake up from and you’re over it. He was also candid about his sadness over watching a progressive and fatal disease play out in the life of Johnny “football” Manziel, a highly talented, but somewhat maligned player because of his drinking. It takes a village for a man like me to remain sober, and I can’t imagine how a public figure could do it. Even Robin Williams wished to remain anonymous in meetings, but cell phones change all of that. Another example of a life of addiction playing out publicly in fatal fashion. Think about it. Hendrix, Joplin, Belushi, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Mickey Mantle, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston to name a few. Even the father of modern day psychiatry, Sigmund Frued, died from a physician assisted death from drug overdose.  For every one of these celebrities there are thousands who toil in relative obscurity, afraid to get honest about a disease that painfully and methodically sucks the very breath from a man. Amy Winehouse sang, ” they make me want to go to rehab, I say, no, no, no.” She overdosed and died, too. I’m for intervention and rehab is a good place to start, but rehab can only get me sober, it will not keep me there. Addiction is alive and well even in the most gifted and talented people on earth.  It’s unfathomable to me that I somehow stigmatize people based on wealth, fame, or celebrity status. Addiction doesn’t. It kills the poor, rich, proud, downtrodden, and the star studded jet setters. If I can’t stop once I start, I’m probably alcoholic, no matter my lot in life. Acceptance of that fact is a great start, but each day I must take action….good day!…b

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